Monday, 7 August 2017

Android Instant apps now available for Pixel and Nexus devices in India

Google at the 2016 I/O developer conference announced Android Instant apps, which allows users to run an app without installing it on their devices. The feature was rolled out to select countries starting earlier this year, and is now reportedly available in India as well. This feature is currently available for Google's Nexus and Pixel line up including Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

Android Instant apps can be enabled by going to settings  > Google and then tap on the toggle button at the top-right corner of the Instant Apps screen and tap on Yes I'm in to confirm. Following which, you'll be able to preview apps available in the Play Store without the need of installation.

With Instant apps, you can open any app by just tapping on a link. The browser checks if there is an instant app available for the app, and then the link will load a small part of the app, required to carry a specific task, even if the app is not installed on the device. 

Even though the app isn't installed on the device, you  will be able to use it just like a native app. You will also be able to pay for a item or service with Instant Apps. The downloaded app is stored in the browser cache, and will be automatically deleted after a short time.

One of the advantage of Instant apps is that you don't have to download an app, and store it on your device, which could take up lot of storage space. Moreover, you will not have to download an app to carry out one specific task and then delete it when the task is complete. 


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